CONTEST: “You Can’t Stay Up in the Trees!”: A Guest Post by Shira Boss and Bob Redman

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Thank you, Shira Boss, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read “You Can’t Stay Up in the Trees!”: A Guest Post by… Continue reading

“You Can’t Stay Up in the Trees!”: A Guest Post by Shira Boss and Bob Redman

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Parents and daycare providers know that kids love to hide. They crawl between table legs and piano legs, under the bed, in the closet, and behind the couch. They make forts out of… Continue reading

Moving Isn’t Easy, and Books Can Help us Understand

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After living near my hometown my entire life, I just recently moved to a new state that requires a plane ride or a cross-country road trip to get home. Moving is one of… Continue reading

Accepting Differences in Gender Identity

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Before Alex and Nathan were born, I spent a lot of time thinking about names—most importantly, the meaning of the name. Only Nathanial means gift of God (he was also born the day… Continue reading

Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading

CONTEST CLOSED: Fault Lines in the Constitution

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Thank you, Cynthia and Sanford Levinson, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read The Duo Behind Fault Lines in the Constitution: Guest… Continue reading

The Duo Behind Fault Lines in the Constitution: Guest Post by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson

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We have been hearing a lot of debate about the Constitution lately—what the original writers meant, what it means for us today. This blogger remembers learning about the Constitution in history class as… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Series Starters

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My last post was on new middle-grade stand-alone fiction, but there are quite a few new series that have just been published—or will soon. Animal protagonists, oddball families, demons from India, puzzles, and… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Fiction Titles

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Since no one can read all the books that come out each year (though we give it the old college try!), the librarians in Mackin’s Collection Management department divvy up the new books… Continue reading

Book Review: Captive Hearts of Oz

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We all know the story.  A young girl named Dorothy, living with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, is whisked away by a tornado along with her little dog, Toto.  Her house lands… Continue reading